Advanced Diploma in Education (ADE)


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Advanced Diploma in Education (ADE) Programme Information



The qualification offers intellectual enrichment and specialisation, which meets the requirements of a specific niche in education – e.g.

  • For retraining, teachers who want to specialize in a new teaching subject.
  • For upgrading, teachers with a professional qualification, who did not specialize in the phase but have experience teaching in the phase.
  • For upgrading, teachers who want to strengthen their field of specialization subject and/or phase.

This qualification will provide an Advanced Diploma graduate with a deep and systematic understanding of current thinking, practice, theory and methodology in the area of specialisation.


Field: Special Needs Education

Curriculum outcomes

After completing the ADE in Special Needs Education, the student should be able to demonstrate:

  • systematic and comprehensive knowledge of research in the field of education;
  • the ability to develop a research title and research question(s);
  • knowledge and an understanding of the research problem relevant to the field of education;
  • knowledge and an understanding of the research process, and the ability to apply research processes to existing research issues, themes or topics in education;
  • an understanding of the place of education research in the professional development of the educator;
  • an understanding of the writing and referencing academic literature in the form of a literature review;
  • detailed knowledge of education and the policy on education;
  • efficient and effective problem-solving abilities to plan computer-integrated lessons;
  • the ability to evaluate ethically the moral aspects regarding the use of computers in education and make responsible decisions; and
  • an integrated knowledge about definitions, terminology and the functionality of important computer components.


Field: Intermediate Phase Mathematics

Curriculum Outcomes

  • After completing the ADE in Intermediate Phase Mathematics Education, the student should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an integrated knowledge and understanding of, as well as an ability to, correctly evaluate and apply fundamental mathematical principles and theories related to the Intermediate Phase within the field of Mathematics education, and an understanding of how that knowledge relates to other disciplines.
  • Select, evaluate and apply a range of different but appropriate procedures, rules, theories and scientific methods of enquiry to do focused research and resolve problems that will effect change within practice;
  • Identify, analyse, critically reflect on and address complex mathematical problems within the Intermediate Phase and apply evidence-based solutions with theory-driven arguments in a real-life context.
  • Reflect on all values and ethical conduct appropriate to the practice of mathematics teaching and learning in the Intermediate Phase with understanding of, and respect for copyright and plagiarism.
  • Display relevant professional skills and competences, such as critical problem solving, sound judgment and decision making.
  • Show an understanding of the contribution of information and communication technologies (ICT) toward effective mathematics education.
  • Demonstrate accurate and coherent written and verbal communication of mathematics as a language.
  • Manage a team, group or process in a problem-solving context, monitor the progress of the team, group or process, and take responsibility for task outcomes and application of appropriate resources where appropriate.
  • Take full responsibility for own learning needs, monitoring of own learning progress, reflection on own learning, application of relevant learning strategies and management of misconceptions and resources to promote self-directed learning.


A four-year Bachelor degree, or a general first degree or diploma, plus a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, or a former Higher Diploma in Education (Postgraduate) may be presented for admission.

A former Advanced Certificate in Education (Level 6 on the former 8-level NQF) or a former Further Diploma in Education which follows a former professional teaching qualification, or a former four-year Higher Diploma in Education, may also be presented for admission into an Advanced Diploma.

In addition, a new Advanced Certificate (Level 6 on the current 10 level NQF) which followed a former Diploma in Education (including a National Professional Diploma in Education) may also be presented for admission into an Advanced Diploma.

Further specialisation in a teaching subject, offered through an Advanced Diploma at Level 7, requires cognate studies in that subject at Level 6 in the entry qualification.

Method of Delivery

Depending on which specialisation you enrol for, the mode of delivery is different. If you enrol for the ADE in Special Needs, the course is presented as a paper-based course. The ADE in Intermediate Phase Mathematics is a blended learning course.


Advanced Diploma in Special Needs Education (Programme:  4BE C01)

As from 2024, this course will be a blended learning course (therefore computer-based). The programme will be managed via the Learning Management System called eFundi. Classes, tasks, assignments, and communication will be via eFundi.

A computer is a pre-requisite for this course since all work is done electronically, except the final exam which is written in person at a learning centre.


Advanced Diploma in Intermediate Phase Mathematics Education (Programme: 4DE C01)

This course is a blended learning course (therefore computer based). The programme is managed via the Learning Management System called eFundi. All classes, tasks, assignments and communication is done via eFundi.

A computer is a pre-requisite for this course since all work is done electronically, except the final exam which is written in person at a learning centre.  

Important Information

  • How to apply
  • Registration information: 
    One intake per year.
    The minimum duration for the ADE specialisations is one year and the maximum duration is three years, unless stated otherwise.
  • Program leader e-mail address:
Professionally qualified teachers, who have completed an Advanced Diploma in Education, may proceed to a cognate Bachelor of Education Honours degree, or to an Honours degree in another cognate field or to a cognate Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Accumulated credits may also may also be presented for entry into cognate Bachelor’s degree, including a Bachelor of Education degree.